True the Vote Election Crimes Database

A nationwide compilation of election crimes prosecutions

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State Defendant Co-Defendants Sex Date Election D/R Charged Convicted Type1 Type2 Type3 # Charges # Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin Description Sentence Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4sort descending Source5 Follow Up
Texas Rebecca Gonzalez Francisco “Frankie” Garcia Diana Balderas Castaneda Guadalupe Escamilla F 2012-11 Donna ISD school board D 2014-01 Vote buying (federal) 1 1 Rebecca Gonzalez was one of three campaign workers who who pleaded* guilty to federal vote-buying charges stemming from the November 2012 Donna school board election. The women gave residents cash, drugs, beer and cigarettes, which the candidates they worked for and their campaign managers would give them for that purpose, In exchange for their votes in the 2012 primary and general elections. Gonzalez pleaded guilty to one count of vote-buying and was sentenced to four months in prison and two years of supervised release. *Plea deal: 4 months in prison plus two years of supervised release https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/campaign-worker-pleads-guilty-buying-votes-donna-... http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/13/us/politics/texas-vote-buying-case-casts-glare... http://m.themonitor.com/news/local/article_79bc9700-95da-11e3-8512-0017a43b2370.... https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/three-campaign-workers-charged-buying-votes-donna... http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/donna-politiqueras-sentenced-after-buying-v...
Texas Guadalupe Escamilla Francisco “Frankie” Garcia Rebecca Gonzalez Diana Balderas Castaneda F 2012-11 Donna ISD school board D 2014-01 Vote buying (federal) 1 1 Guadalupe Escamilla was one of three campaign workers who pleaded guilty to vote-buying charges stemming from the November 2012 Donna school board election. *Plea deal: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/13/us/politics/texas-vote-buying-case-casts-glare... https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/three-campaign-workers-charged-buying-votes-donna...
Texas Diana Balderas Castaneda Francisco “Frankie” Garcia Rebecca Gonzalez Guadalupe Escamilla F 2012-11 Donna ISD school board D 2014-01 Vote buying (federal) 1 10 Diana Balderas Castaneda was one of three politiqueras who pleaded* guilty to federal vote-buying charges stemming from the November 2012 Donna school board election. The women gave residents cash, drugs, beer and cigarettes, which the candidates they worked for and their campaign managers would give them for that purpose, In exchange for their votes in the 2012 primary and general elections. Castaneda admitted bribing about 10 voters, and on a few occasions, she drove voters to buy drugs after they voted. Castaneda pleaded guilty to one count of vote-buying. *Plea deal: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/campaign-worker-pleads-guilty-buying-votes-donna-... http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/13/us/politics/texas-vote-buying-case-casts-glare... https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/three-campaign-workers-charged-buying-votes-donna...
Mississippi Ike Brown (former chair of the Noxubee County Democratic Executive Committee) Noxubee County Democratic Executive Committee M 2003 Democratic primary D 2005-02 Section 2, Voting Rights Act violation Vote dilution Absentee/Mail Ike Brown, along with the Noxubee County Democratic Executive Committee which he chaired starting in 2000 and the Noxubee County Election Commission, were found to have violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act by systematically and intentionally disenfranchising white voters. The U.S. proved that Brown and his co-defendants rigged the Democratic primary voting process against white voters by manipulating voter rolls, tampering with absentee ballots, making threats to ban some whites from voting, miscounting ballots to ensure white candidates lost, and committing other discriminatory acts. The landmark case marked the first time the federal government used the 1965 Voting Rights Act to protect the rights of white voters. When violations continued during the August 2007 Democratic primary, the court appointed a Referee-Administrator to organize the county’s Democratic primary elections until November 20, 2011; limited the role that defendants could play in supervising future primary elections; and directed poll managers to apply Mississippi’s election laws in counting ballots and preventing improper voter assistance. The 2007 ruling and remedial order were affirmed by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2009. Referee-Administrator appointed to organize county Democratic primaries through November 20, 2011; defendants' role in supervising future primaries limited; poll managers directed to apply Mississippi’s election laws in counting ballots and preventing improper voter assistance. http://www.leagle.com/decision/2007934494FSupp2d440_1892/U.S.%20v.%20BROWN http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions%5Cpub%5C07/07-60588-CV0.wpd.pdf https://www.justice.gov/crt/cases-raising-claims-under-section-11b-voting-rights... https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2010/12/15/noxubee_comp_0... https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2010/12/15/noxubee_remedi...
Ohio Melowese Richardson F 2012-11 General D 2013-02 Multiple voting Impersonation 8 8 Melowese Richardson, a long-time Hamilton County poll worker charged with eight counts of illegal voting, pleaded* guilty and was sentenced to prison for five years. “This is not a little thing. It’s not a minor thing. This is what our country’s based on – free elections,” Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Ruehlman told Richardson. Richardson was a Hamilton County poll worker from 1998 until her arrest in 2013 when she was charged with eight counts of illegal voting. In May, she accepted a plea deal and was convicted of four counts in exchange for the other four being dismissed. She was convicted of voting twice in the 2012 election and voting three times – in 2008, 2011 and 2012 – for her sister, Montez Richardson, who has been in a coma since 2003. *Plea deal: 5 years in prison, for four counts of illegal voting. http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/cincinnati/downtown/poll-wor... http://media2.wcpo.com/pdfs/Fraud.pdf https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UXe3PdFStc4
Florida Sergio Robaina M 2012-08 Democratic primary D 2012 Absentee/Mail Illegal assistance 3 2 Sergio Robaina, uncle of former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina, pleaded* guilty to misdemeanor charges he illegally possessed absentee ballots. Robaino also faced two felony charges for filling out ballots against the wishes of two voters, one of them a woman with dementia. The felony portion of the case was hampered after the woman with dementia died, leaving only her reluctant adult son to testify against Robaina. 1 year probation, fines http://watchdog.org/71494/computer-software-thwarts-election-fraud-scheme/ http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/08/28/sergio-robaina-changing-plea-in-absentee-ba... https://www2.miami-dadeclerk.com/officialrecords/CFNDetails1.aspx?QS=cuK6J1Ftjxu... https://www2.miami-dadeclerk.com/officialrecords/CFNDetails1.aspx?QS=cuK6J1Ftjxu...

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